Best of Uganda (optional Rwanda extension)


Best of Uganda (optional Rwanda extension)

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 11 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Notes

Important Information

Foreign Government Travel Warnings

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At the time of writing the Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not advise against travel to any of the areas within Uganda that we visit on our tours. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns or if would like to know in detail what measures are being taken to ensure visits remain trouble free and without incident. 

It should be noted that this information applies to British citizens. Other nationals are asked to check the current position of their respective government.

Accommodation and Meals

Hotel Check-in Times

As a general rule most hotels will allow guests to check-in from 2pm. Please note that the price of your tour does not include guaranteed early check-in. Therefore please advise us if you would like to ensure that your room is available for an earlier arrival. This is particularly relevant on the first day of the tour and for early morning arrivals. One option is to pre-book and pay for an extra night at the beginning of your tour which will guarantee your accommodation is available irrespective of what time you arrive. Please contact us for information and costs.

It should also be noted that on many of our tours we have set-aside Day 1 of the itinerary as an ‘arrival day’. For this reason and because tour participants are likely to be arriving at different times, and often from different countries, guided sightseeing or other activities are not included. If you are arriving early or before the start date of the tour and would like to organise some extra arrangements on a private basis please contact us.

Accommodation Rating

At Undiscovered Destinations we know our travellers prefer to stay in comfortable, mid-range accommodation which meets our own exacting standards. Mosquito nets will be present where necessary. Accommodation on this tour will have private bathrooms. In general you will find your hotel has a restaurant and/or bar.

We welcome solo travellers and single rooms will be allocated subject to the applicable tour supplement. Please note that on occasions you may not always be allocated a double or twin room, as some hotels have designated single rooms. These may be smaller in size. However, the supplement payable takes this into consideration.

Food & Drink

The daily meal basis is shown in the tour itinerary; breakfast (B), lunch and dinner (D). Please note that lunch may be a picnic. Drinks are not included and will be payable locally in cash.

Dietary Requirements

If you have any special dietary requirements you must notify us at the time of booking. While we will make every effort to cater for you, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible.

Budgeting for your Tour

You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.

Food

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

Lunch £5-10
Dinner £10-15

Drink

The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive.

Bottle of water £0.50
Bottle of Beer (local) £1.00

Tipping – Guide and Drivers

Tipping is common practice in Africa. If your local guide and driver have been helpful then a reasonable amount to tip would be between $5-10 a day for the guide and around $5 a day for the driver.

It is not essential to tip the guides/rangers when tracking the gorillas or chimpanzees but if you feel that the experience merits a tip then it will be greatly appreciated. 

Foreign Exchange

ATM Availability: ATM machines can be unreliable
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Cards are widely accepted in hotels, lodges and restaurants
Local Currency: Ugandan shilling (Ush)
Recommended Currency for Exchange: The easiest currency to exchange is the US dollar, but notes smaller than US$50 attract worse rates of exchange
Where to Exchange: Your guide will advise you 

Joining your Tour

Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive an airport transfer, both on arrival and departure include in the tour price. In order that the transfer can be arranged please ensure that you advise us of your flight information once available. Please advise the date, time and flight number for your arrival/departure. If we have not been advised of this information at least 2 weeks before travel, then you will be required to make your own way to the hotel on Day 1 of your tour.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Undiscovered Destinations that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip.

Visa Information

British nationals need a visa to enter Uganda. With effect from 1 July 2016, Uganda has introduced an ‘e-visa’ system. You should apply online for an ‘e-visa’ as far in advance of travel as possible and at least 2 weeks prior to your departure. If successful, you’ll receive an authorisation document by email, which you should print out and give to immigration officials on arrival in Uganda (or at the Ugandan High Commission or other Ugandan diplomatic mission overseas if you wish to apply for a visa to be issued in their passport in advance of travel). A standard single-entry visit visa costs $50, and you’ll need to bring this amount with you in cash (US dollars only) on arrival. Check the Ugandan Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control website for the latest information on visa fees.

Regulations do frequently change though, so we advise all nationalities that you check the current requirements with your nearest embassy for up to date advice.

Passports

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of leaving Uganda. 

We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities.

For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively UK citizens can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Vaccinations & Protection

As with travel to most parts of Africa, we strongly recommend that you contact your doctor’s surgery or a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information, advice and the necessary vaccinations. For a visit of less than one month, almost certainly you will be advised to have immunisations against the following: Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Meningitis. Anti-malaria medication is also required and the use of a DEET-containing insect repellent is highly recommended. A yellow fever certificate must be shown to enter Uganda and make sure your yellow fever vaccination is up to date.

Preparing for your tour

Climate

The wet seasons in Uganda are from March to May, and mid-September to November. It is possible to travel in the rainy season although journeys can sometimes be more difficult. Permits for Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking are cheaper in the rainy season and you will see less tourists. Being on the equator temperatures by day remains warm all year round in the dry season. The high is usually around 30 degrees in Kampala outside of the rainy season. At higher altitudes of course in locations such as Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, nights in particular can be quite cool.

Clothing

When it comes to clothing it is usually recommended that lighter clothes are worn through the day, and warmer ones at night. A hat is also advised to be worn through the day to protect from the sun, along with at least one piece of waterproof clothing for any days that the weather may be wet or windy. Long sleeves and long trousers are recommended for chimpanzee and gorilla trekking. It is advisable to tuck socks into your trousers when trekking in the forest and swamps to avoid ant bites which whilst not dangerous can be uncomfortable. Some people like to wear robust gloves on the chimpanzee and gorilla treks as it is common that you will need to hold on to trees/branches to maintain balance and this helps to avoid cuts and scratches.

Equipment

The first thing on your list should be a first aid kit. Whilst there is no undue cause for alarm, travellers are best advised to travel well-prepared: adequately immunized, with sufficient supplies of prescription drugs, along with a medical kit. Suncream/sunblock is a must. Insect repellent, including a bite spray is essential for the tropical forests and swamps. A porter can be hired at the start of the gorilla trekking to carry your essentials. People find this useful as the terrain can be difficult. Walking poles will be useful if you have them, although in Bwindi a walking stick can be provided by the porters.

Footwear

Footwear is a main priority on this tour. Comfortable walking boots are recommended for the walks in Kibale Forest, Bigodi Swamp, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Outside of these places lightweight shoes and sandals for travelling will be suitable.

Luggage on tour

Your luggage should not exceed 20kgs (44lbs). One large suitcase/rucksack, and one small hand luggage rucksack is acceptable.

Electric Supply & Plugs

Generally electrical supply is 240V/50 Hz. British three-pin plugs are mainly used.

Tour Itinerary Versions

Please ensure that you have an up-to-date copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tour notes. 

These notes were updated 22/07/16